There hasn’t been too much information about the activities in the UN-Habitat partnership on the blog. Fortunately, lack of activities is not the reason for this silence. It has rather been a very busy first year of the research collaboration. Anyhow, it is definitely time to write a few lines about one of the projects we have done together.
In a few weeks’ time (March 2-5) we’ll be at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. This year we at the UX Lab will be there to present the evolved version of the concept “Remote Control over Mobile Networks” that we introduced last year (http://www.ericsson.com/uxblog/2014/03/mwc-recap-presenting-an-ux-view-of-the-future-of-mobile-networks-and-systems/). We’re pretty excited considering that this year we will present a fully [ Read more ]
Should public safety trump civil liberty? Will cities (or our lives for that matter) become better if we make them more efficient? Does it matter if common technologies are indecipherable to most people? Is it always a given that the data generated by people’s use of products and services belongs to the ones providing those products and services?
These kinds of questions are a tacit or clearly stated part [ Read more ]
Just a pointer to an upcoming event hosted by us at the UX Lab and Ericsson. On January 29 a meetup on Ethics & Technology will be held at the Ericsson Studio here in Kista, Stockholm (follow the link to RSVP). As the title suggests, we’ll be talking about the ethical and moral aspects of creating new products and services for the [ Read more ]
It’s a new year and we are a little bit embarrassed over our blog activity in 2014. Last year it turned out that quite a lot of the work that we produced mattered quite a lot the rest of the organisation, something that made it a bit tricky for us to decide what we could share publicly. This was unfortunate and in order to do better we intend to approach [ Read more ]
Lately I’ve been studying complexity: complex systems in general, and management and operations thereof in particular. It’s a fairly all-encompassing subject that tends to easily shift over to rather abstract discussions. In this blog post I’ll try to stick to the core and bring up some of the aspects that we at the UX lab have been thinking of. These are aspects of [ Read more ]
The notion that something new equals progression is profoundly embedded in our commercial culture. Improved is almost a synonym for new and we characterise a new version of just about anything as better, especially if it involves any kind of technology. In mobile wireless network systems ‘improved’ often means more; more speed, more capacity, more responsiveness, more frequencies etc., and unless technical abbreviations like WCDMA, LTE and HSPA are very [ Read more ]
Ericsson’s Business Unit Support Solutions (BUSS) has for a long time worked hard and successfully on the user experience of their systems and products. Now they are increasing their efforts in the UX area by opening a number of new UX positions in Sweden, USA, India and China. Any help with spreading this information is of course more than appreciated. Below is a list of some of the positions in [ Read more ]
On June 17 a workshop on the theme “Citizen driven e-administration” was held at the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications (http://www.government.se/sb/d/2067) here in Stockholm, Sweden. The workshop included participants from academia, industry, as well as representatives from various governmental departments and organisations. I was invited to present a brief overview of some of the technological and socio economic trends that we at the UX Lab [ Read more ]
A few lines to announce that the collaboration with UN-Habitat now formally has started. The three-year partnership aims at combining UN-Habitat’s vast knowledge about urbanization in developing countries and framework around city prosperity with Ericsson’s vision of a networked society and thoughts around future mobile networks.
Along the way, we will combine overarching and more theoretical reasoning with concrete pilots, prototypes, concepts and sustainability assessments. [ Read more ]